It’s days like today that I miss the voices, songs, and processions in my childhood neighborhood. There is something about the tradition of mothers and daughters winding their way through the neighborhood, to me that invokes the origins and peace of the Christmas holiday.
Ephemera from the Las Fronteras: Sueños, Comadres y Manos or The Borders: Dreams, Godmothers and Hands exhibit I curated for the Santa Barbara County Arts Commission, at a young age. It was such an honor to work with this group of talented Latina Artists, depicting their lives, culture, memories and relationships with one another, hence Commadres. The glyphs beside the text are from Mayan culture, the land of my father.
Fotovisura grant now accepting submissions:
Fotovisura is now accepting submissions for its 2014 Grant for Outstanding Personal Photography Project, which is divided into the main grant and the student grant. The grants are awarded to photographers who publish on the Fotovisura self-publishing platform. The application period will end on January 10, 2014. Read more information here.
The above images are from last year’s winner, “One Day in History,” a portrait series by Andrea Gjestvang about the survivors of the 2011 Utoya island massacre in Norway. Last year’s student winner was Sara Naomi Lewkowicz, who is also on the Reportage Emerging Talent roster.
(Credit: “One Day in History” by Andrea Gjestvang)
You will never be alone, you hear so deep
a sound when autumn comes. Yellow
pulls across the hills and thrums,
or in the silence after lightning before it says
its names — and then the clouds’ wide-mouthed
apologies. You were aimed from birth:
you will never be alone. Rain
will come, a gutter filled, an Amazon,
long aisles — you never heard so deep a sound,
moss on rock, and years. You turn your head —
that’s what the silence meant: you’re not alone.
The whole wide world pours down.
—William Stafford from Smoke’s Way (HarperCollins Canada / Graywolf Press, June 1 1988)
Art Credit: Vincent van Gogh (Dutch, 1853-1890), Lane of Poplars at Sunset, 1884
Akio Matsumura sent a letter United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. “It is no exaggeration to say that the fate of Japan and the whole world depends on NO.4 reactor. This is confirmed by most reliable experts like Dr. Arnie Gundersen or Dr. Fumiaki Koide,” he wrote to Ki-Moon. “The world has been made so fragile and vulnerable. The role of the United Nations is increasingly vital. I wish you the best of luck in your noble mission.”
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